In the final two months of the 2016 presidential campaign, Twitter hid tens of thousands of tweets critical of Hillary Clinton and John Podesta posted using two popular hashtags.

Twitter general counsel Sean Edgett admitted to congress in written testimony on Tuesday that its automated systems flagged and hid 48 percent of tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag and 25 percent of the tweets posted in under #PodestaEmails.

At the time, pro-transparency organization WikiLeaks released the DNC and Podesta emails, which exposed collusion between journalists in the mainstream media and key individuals within Clinton’s presidential campaign. The leaks, which were severely damaging to Clinton, revealed how Democratic party officials secretly aided her in the primaries against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The U.S. intelligence community believes that Russian operatives hacked both Clinton’s email servers and the DNC as part of an operation intended to disrupt the vote.

“Approximately one quarter (25%) of [#PodestaEmails tweets] received internal tags from our automation detection systems that hid them from searches,” Edgett said, adding that the systems “detected and hid just under half (48%) of the Tweets relating to variants of another notable hashtag, #DNCLeak, which concerned the disclosure of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.”

The platform, which boasted in 2012 of being “the free speech wing of the free speech party” admitted that only two percent of the tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag even came from “potentially Russian-linked accounts,” according to Edgett.

He explained that the reason Twitter decided to hide the tweet was “part of our general efforts at the time to fight automation and spam on our platform across all areas.”

Source: Daily Caller